Checking In

After a weekend in Paris, Lisa & I are currently back in London.  One more week in the UK and then it’s back to the United States.

I’ve made it a point not to regularly check for any news about the 2020 Presidential election.  To do so would defeat the purpose of being on vacation.  So, it wasn’t until about an hour ago that I learned that, on Saturday, Joe Biden finally won his first presidential primary when he swept the contest in South Carolina.

I don’t even like Joe Biden but I’m breathing a sigh of relief.  Though there’s still a long way to go, this victory at least suggests that a Sanders nomination is not inevitable.  It also signals that the crazies have not totally taken over the Democratic Party.

As I’ve made clear here, I don’t consider myself to be a Democrat.  For that matter, I haven’t considered myself to be a Republican since 2016.  I think Joe Biden is a moron but the fact of the matter is that the Democrats have a good chance of winning in 2020 and, even if Trump wins reelection, we will still eventually have another Democrat president within my lifetime.  As much as I dislike Biden, I’d rather have an idiot in the White House than someone who, at the age of 79, is still making excuses for Castro and the Soviet Union.  Even if Sanders is nominated and loses, just winning the nomination will normalize an authoritarian outlook that shouldn’t be normalized.

I guess the next big contest is Super Tuesday.  We’ll see if Biden can keep his momentum going or if South Carolina was just a momentary hiccup in Sanders’s march to the nomination.

I also read that Tom Steyer withdrew from the race.  He spent millions and didn’t win a single delegate.  For all the talk about how democracy is for sell, it seems like those who blatantly try to buy it always end up failing.

Author: Jedadiah Leland

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